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PRG XL has a Wild Party at The Other Palace

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - PRG XL Video recently supported lighting designer Richard Howell and production manager Stuart Tucker, for the opening show at the newly renamed and renovated London theatre, The Other Palace. PRG XL Video account manager John Pauls worked closely with Richard, Stuart and production electrician Neil Foster to supply the lighting for The Wild Party during a seven-week run in central London, between February and April.
The Wild Party is a musical theatre production adapted from a book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C Wolfe, with music and lyrics by LaChiusa, based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem of the same name. The show premiered off-Broadway in 2000, before this 2017 revival at London’s newest producing theatre.
Richard Howell discussed the initial brief of how to light the show: “It was great to be teamed up with director/choreographer Drew McOnie and designer Soutra Gilmour, who I had worked with on a number of previous projects, including Jekyll and Hyde at the Old Vic. The theming of the design is well defined—being very warm and subtle for the majority of the time, with the flexibility to be harsh, exposed and even briefly unbearable when the occasion calls for it.
“I used Martin MAC TW1s a lot, as a tungsten moving light fixture they suited the brief perfectly and are a very versatile light f


Burke appointed MD of CT Asia Pacific

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

China - Creative Technology (CT) has announced that with immediate effect Chris Burke will take on the role of managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai. Chris will also continue as managing director of CT in Hong Kong and Singapore. This appointment now puts all of CT’s Asia Pacific Business under his control.
Chris has been with Creative Technology since 2009 and in that time, he has developed the necessary skills to effect the changes that will be needed to further develop the China business and expand CT’s operation in this region.
Chris replaces Simon Tibble who passed away suddenly at his home in Shanghai just over a week ago. Simon was a key part of the China business and a true industry veteran whose skills helped develop the business into what it is today. He will be missed by all.
Graham Andrews, president of Creative Technology North America and Asia Pacific said, “I am delighted that Chris is taking on this additional responsibility and hope you will join me in congratulating him on his appointment.”
(Jim Evans)


SJP at the Drone Races with ChamSys

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

USA - S. Jeremy Peters loves piloting small FPV drones. There is, he says, “no rush quite like it.” He and his wife Alison Peters wanted to share their passion for drone flying with a wider audience. As owners of SJP Productions, a lighting and projection company experienced working festivals, they were in an excellent position to do so. Hooking up with a local brewery, they created one of the first spectator-oriented drone racing events, complete with festival-like lighting, atmospherics and live video feeds all controlled with a three-universe set up built around ChamSys Software.
“Typically drone races are geared toward the racers themselves without a lot of spectators,” said Peters. “Generally, they don’t have much production. Alison and I wanted to draw on our production experience at festivals like Lockn, Peach, Bisco, Mountain Jam, Taste of Country and Gathering of the Vibes to create an event that engaged spectators, so we could draw newcomers to drone racing. When we approached Brewmasters Brewing Services, they were all over the idea. So four weeks later, we held our drone race/festival at a working brewery. It was a blast!”
Brewmasters Drone Night kicked off at 6:00pm on 25 March. It was soon apparent that this would be no ordinary drone race. Peters got things going in high gear with 150 lights and cryo jets at the start gate. Live v

Green Hippo grows international team

Green Hippo grows international team

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK - Green Hippo has made four additions to its UK-based team. Jacqueline Attard is the UK HQ’s new financial controller, while Phil Blue joins as sales manager, expanding the technical sales team. Rob Moss enlists as junior production engineer, and Anastasia Nikolaou is the latest member of the London-based marketing team, securing the role of PR and marketing executive.
Jacqueline Attard’s remit as Green Hippo financial controller sees her help manage the financial complexities of a global business; one with offices in the United States, as well as the UK. Jacqueline’s previous experience includes senior roles with large European and US companies, including Deloitte, Jones Lang Lasalle and AstraZeneca.
Rob Moss brings significant technical expertise, having previously held the position of broadcasting engineer at the BBC, as well as time with Orange Amplifiers where he was senior technician.
Anastasia Nikolaou’s passion for media and entertainment has its roots in her five years spent working in the TV industry. This enthusiasm, and urge to expand her knowledge of the video industry, sees her swap Athens for London.
Phil Blue has also now joined the company with a remit covering technical sales in a mix of international territories. Phil is well-known in the industry and his contacts and expertise have already yielded significant


Green Hippo adds international distributors

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK - Green Hippo has confirmed three new international distributors. These new members of the Green Hippo family, respectively covering Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa, extend the influence of Green Hippo’s video playback technology, including its award-winning Hippotizer range of media servers.
In Italy, Spotlight, the Milan-based distributor, will use its 50 years of design and production experience, to help see the Green Hippo gear at work in Italy’s celebrated collection of opera houses and theatres, as well as auditoriums, conference rooms, and TV studios.
Nicolo Oliva, partner and CEO of Spotlight, said, “It’s a short time since Spotlight have started the distribution of Green Hippo, and we’re already very fond of the brand. These media-servers are really powerful and easy to configure, and the new software interface of Hippotizer V4 is a step forward in live video management. We are looking forward to a bright future.”
DWR Distribution, a leading player in the installation sector, takes on responsibility for giving Green Hippo a run out in South Africa. Building on 11 highly successful years since launch, DWR Distribution operates out of bespoke premises in the sweetly named area of Honeydew, just outside Johannesburg.
“We are looking forward to a great future with the product, and will be committed to supporting c


Epson partners with mclcreate for projection

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

UK - Epson and mclcreate have announced a UK wide partnership in the projection rental market. The agreement sees Epson’s installation projectors added to mclcreate’s already extensive portfolio of hire supplies which include audio systems and camera kit as well projection solutions.
The agreement currently includes Epson’s EB-L000 series of laser projectors, specifically the EB-L1405U and EB-L1505U, which are ideal for the live events and installation market thanks to their innovative laser light source.
A culmination of extensive research, development and testing, the EB-L1000 series of projectors marked Epson’s move into a new era of installation projection. With game-changing laser technology and a range of flexible features they offer a minimal fuss and an almost no maintenance solution. The range allows rental companies as well as visitor attractions, digital signage companies, higher education establishments and corporates the ability to deliver powerful, superior-quality presentations.
Neil Colquhoun, executive director for Professional Displays, Epson Europe, comments: “With our expanding range of professional installation projectors, we have a very compelling portfolio for the fixed install, rental and live events markets. mclcreate played a large part in the development of our projectors by providing us with feedback over the last


PRG Alliance builds on success at PL+S

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Germany - Production Resource Group (PRG) organized its annual summit for the members of its global partner network programme – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.
Currently in its third year, the PRG Alliance has 15 members in 28 countries delivering high quality technical production services worldwide. The theme for this meeting was Building on Success, and celebrated numerous collaboration projects among the members, including some from Italy, Poland, and Portugal.
During the summit, they shared success case studies and discussed future initiatives to promote greater business and information exchange.
“The PRG Alliance is praised by our clients and the market in general. What started with a recognition of PRG partners three years ago, today is a substantial network of remarkable companies – and the largest resource pool of knowledge, qualified professionals and inventory in the world,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, director of PRG Alliance and PRG’s CEO Central Europe.
“We invited the lighting and video designers from The Voice Portugal, Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia, who shared their experience of using PRG’s proprietary products, Bad Boy moving lights and MBox media server, for the TV show,” continues Van Hemelryck.
The summit provided the opportunity to welcome the newest addition to


Green Hippo & DWR schedule SA roadshow

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution has joined up with Phil Blue from Green Hippo UK, to present a one day training session at their Cape Town (2 May), Durban (3 May) and Johannesburg (5 May) offices.
The hands-on workshops will cover topics including Hippotizer Concepts & Terms, Hardware, HippoNet, Startup, Configuration, Output Manager, Media Manager and so much more.
All delegates are requested to please bring their own Laptops along with the Green Hippo Programme on it. While the course is free of charge, booking is essential. Bookings can be done on-line via
(Jim Evans)


RCM provides projection for The Wedding Singer

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

UK - Live performance visual specialists Really Creative Media worked with the theatrical production team Collective Productions to create a seamless visual experience for its first UK tour of The Wedding Singer from March to October 2017.
Taking in 33 cities on its initial tour, this new production set in 1985 features wedding singer Robbie’s love life as the central story. Really Creative Media worked as a central part of the production team led by Dan Looney and alongside lighting designer Ben Cracknell to create an animated billboard which is used as a central part of the production’s set throughout the show.
Complementing Francis O’Connor’s moving scenery, a Panasonic laser projector is used to create 80s style adverts and animation on a billboard in the centre of the stage, setting the scene for each part of the story.
Set in front of low-res high-brightness LED animation curtain, the projection content is time coded in synchronisation with this and Ben’s lighting for key musical numbers. Lighting’s use of an MA made Catalyst the choice for playback. Ben’s wireless LED plinths are used as a variety of set pieces throughout the show, keeping the set dynamic and simple at the same time.
Show producer Dan Looney explains, “We produced the show back in 2014 for a sold-out charity event, raising a lot of money. We put to


AV Company lights up the Heat Seekers

Monday, 10 April 2017

South Africa - Saying goodbye to an unforgettable summer, Hunter’s hosted the three Heat Seekers, visiting cities in Durban (4 March at Peoples Park East), Johannesburg (11 March at Mary Fitzgerald Square) and Cape Town (18 March at The Ostrich Farm, off N7). This year the AV Company, a Durban based rental company, provided the sound, lighting, staging and power for all three venues where the top South African line-up included Cassper Nyovest, Black Motion, Chicana, Nasty C and Ricky Rick.
Lighting designers Mbulelo Msuthwana and Keagan Browning from the AV Company programmed on an MA dot2 console with dot2 fader wing. “We loved the simplicity and ease of the MA as well as the node options allowing so many DMX outputs easily spread out,” they both agreed.
Twenty-four Robin 600 LEDWash fixtures were used to wash the entire venue and VIP deck as well as lighting the performance area. While there was a large 7m x 3m LED screens above the DJ, 24 Robe Pointes punched through with beams and effects.
“In Johannesburg and Durban, we built an arched shaped dome roof stage belonging to Paul Nel of Show Co, and measuring 50m long, 25m wide and 25m high,” explained Craig Browning, owner of the AV Company, who headed the project. “In Cape Town we trucked in our own 12m x 12m Layher roof stage.”
While the stage looked great and there was a wonder


Barco gets its show on the road

Monday, 10 April 2017

Europe Visualization expert Barco has kicked off a two-month roadshow throughout Europe. The objective: to demonstrate the power of Barco 4K projection technology and 4K image processing. Departing from Barco’s head office in Kortrijk, the Barco truck first headed for Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. From there, it will be crisscrossing Europe until mid-June, visiting around 45 partner and customer events.
Barco’s product offering for events and venues is constantly reaching new heights to meet the market need for ever-brighter outcomes. If it comes to ensuring really bright images, 4K projection – together with 4K image processing – is just the ticket.
To show its 4K solutions at work and encourage real interaction with customers and partners, Barco decided to tour Europe. Visitors to the Barco truck will discover the power of Barco’s 4K laser projectors and its Event Master family of 4K image management systems. On some locations, at the outside of the truck, Barco will showcase how its R10 digital media canvas is flexible, yet bright at the same time.
One of the stars of the tour is Barco’s UDX large venue projector, which was launched just last week. The UDX is a fine example of customer-centric development: before designing the projector, Barco talked to customers, gauging what they expect from a large venue projector. Easy shipment, setup


PRG XL Video supplies Cure world tour

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UK - The Cure recently completed a 76-date world tour, with lighting, video and rigging supplied by PRG XL Video. The lighting and video design was by Angus ‘Mac’ MacPhail, with creative input from lead singer and founding member of The Cure: Robert Smith.
Mac explained the creative process behind bringing the production to life, and how they dazzled the expectations of die-hard Cure fans: “It’s important to note that Robert Smith was very hands-on with the design for the show—he’s been as much a member of our creative team as he has a band member. When Robert and I first discussed the design, we wanted a very simple look, where the set is the lighting rig, and it’s a very clean, uncluttered stage.
“We started off with the idea for a curved screen at the back of the stage, added a curved riser and pulled the ends of the truss back to extenuate the curved look. The different lighting looks we used was kept simple, but precise and well-executed—for happy songs we used bright colourful lighting, and for moody songs, we adjusted the lighting accordingly.”
PRG XL’s Event Services Coordinator, Ben Hornshaw performed the role of lighting programmer, and worked closely with Mac and Robert on all the live shows and in the pre-production stage: “We’re confident the fans really enjoyed the show—there was an awful lot of lighting and vid


ETC acquires High End Systems

Monday, 3 April 2017

USA - ETC and High End Systems have confirmed they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX based company from Barco Inc.
ETC CEO Fred Foster says, “We welcome the High End team to the ETC family. ETC will provide a supportive environment enabling High End to continue to innovate and make great products for the industry.”
Under the ETC umbrella, High End gains the oversight of an experienced lighting industry team to grow its capabilities in service, support, and product development. “Bringing High End to the family furthers our goal of growing and diversifying ETC. We plan to help High End become a market leader for live event industry products,” says David Lincecum, VP of marketing at ETC.
ETC will operate High End as a separate company located in its current Austin, Texas, USA facility. High End customers should continue to use normal means of contact for sales and service. Current contact information is listed here:
While there are no immediate changes to the sales and distribution channels, High End plans to evolve and improve the company’s reach in all markets by partnering with the existing distributor and dealer base and investing more in the support of these channels.
(Jim Evans)


Neets aims to expand international footprint

Friday, 31 March 2017

Denmark - Scandinavian supplier of AV equipment Neets has announced two new additions to the company: Bo Jordansen joins as head of sales and Michael Rumph as the new product manager for the company’s AV offerings.
Together, these new appointments will strengthen the company’s focus on placing customers at the heart of its products and expanding the company’s international footprint.
As product manager, Michael will be responsible for leading cross-functional efforts to develop innovative and customer-centric products. He will support Neets in its continued efforts to make life easier for presenters around the world and stay focused on customer needs. With over 20 years’ experience working within both sales and systems design in the AV industry, Michael is well equipped to take on this new role.
Michael said, “Neets is well-known for delivering high-quality products, and this product manager role is a unique opportunity within the AV industry. I believe I bring a strong understanding of what customers are looking for in AV products, and I look forward to helping Neets continue to deliver products that meet and exceed customer expectations.”
As head of sales, Bo will be responsible for all direct sales and reseller functions outside of the EU, as Neets continues to expand into markets throughout the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pa


CPL provides full production for SEMTA Awards

Thursday, 30 March 2017

UK - CPL (Central Presentations Limited), working for producers Eclipse Communications, provided a full technical production package – video, lighting and sound - to the 2017 SEMTA Awards event staged in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London.
The Senior Skills Council for Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA) is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in engineering training in the UK. Its high profile annual Awards event recognises excellence within their various nationwide apprenticeship schemes.
The CPL team was led by Lee Gruszeckyj. It was the fourth consecutive year for CPL in this role, and as the success and visibility of the event has advanced each year, so has the commitment to increasing the production values. It was the second time the Awards has been staged at this venue where awards in nine categories were presented.
This year’s host was comedian, actor, television presenter and singer, Alexander Armstrong, known as one half of comedy duo Armstrong & Miller and host of popular BBC TV game show, Pointless.
Projection was a key element of the 2017 production, and the 14m wide by 3m high set - the biggest screen to date for this event - was the main surface, receiving a three-projector blend from 14K Panasonic machines.
Behind the screen was a star cloth wrap for a flouris


Wilhelm & Willhalm invests in AV Stumpfl servers

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Germany - Wilhelm & Willhalm, the German event technology and installation specialists, recently invested in two Wings Engine RAW media servers, capable of playing out uncompressed content up to and beyond 4K.
Since the founding of Wilhelm & Willhalm in 1991, the privately held company's comprehensive service portfolio and innovative AV solutions have been the foundation for their continued success.
The planning and technical realisation of the award-winning FC Bayern Munich's Erlebniswelt project established Wilhelm & Willhalm beyond the borders of Germany as one of Europe's leading service providers in the event and installation market.
AV Stumpfl global business development manager Horst Damoser commented on the long-standing business relationship, "We are very happy that Wilhelm & Willhalm have chosen our Wings media server and show control solutions on many occasions. Their decision to invest in our RAW servers shows how important the topic "uncompressed playback" has become when working for clients who demand the best image quality possible."
Alexander Wilhelm and Andreas Willhalm explain the reasons behind their latest media server investment: "Having been allowed to contribute to the realisation of projects like the amazing exhibition space that tells the story of the FC Bayern Munich, from the founding of the club right up


Creative Technology merges Mediatec UK into London operation

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK - Creative Technology Ltd (CT) is pleased to announce that following the acquisition of the company by NEP in January 2017, the UK division of sister company Mediatec will be merged with and rebranded CT from 1 April 2017.
Mediatec UK has been providing LED screens and associated production services to a small portfolio of prestige clients across the sporting and corporate event sectors since 2003. The merger with CT will allow the team access to a significantly larger pool of technical and operational resources.
The business will continue to operate from its current premises in Sunbury on Thames during the busy summer period, however it is expected to relocate to CT’s Crawley headquarters during the second half of 2017, allowing the combined business to fully realise the opportunities arising from collective resources.
Dave Crump, CEO of CT Group commented: “CT and Mediatec have enjoyed a close, albeit competitive relationship over many years. Several of the current Mediatec UK contracts started life with us and we have always enjoyed similar operating cultures alongside a healthy exchange of personnel and, occasionally, clients. Bringing the businesses together will provide enhanced opportunities for the majority of the staff and allow us to offer their clients a broader range of technology and services”.
Kenneth Patterson, President of


Green Hippo appoints DWR Distribution in SA

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

South Africa - Green Hippo, manufacturers of the Hippotizer Media Server range, have appointed DWR Distribution as South African distributor.
Hippotizer Media Servers have been on some of the most highly recognized events worldwide, including Eurovision, The Academy Awards and the Super Bowl half-time shows. Theatre spectaculars such as Love Never Dies in the West End and American Idiot on Broadway utilise the system due to its flexibility during production periods and concert tours for artists such as Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Madonna have proven its reliability out on the road.
This May, in conjunction with Green Hippo, DWR Distribution will be heading out for the South African Hippotizer roadshow, visiting Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. This roadshow will showcase the latest developments from Hippotizer V4, including SHAPE 3D Mapping and their creative partnerships with Notch.
“We are really excited about this partnership with DWR, we believe their dedication to customer service and scope for the South African video market presents exciting opportunities for all,” said Phil Blue, technical sales manager, Green Hippo.
“We are looking forward to a great future with the product, and will be committed to supporting clients who already have Green Hippo products,” commented Duncan Riley of DWR.
(Jim Evans)


PL+S: AV Stumpfl debuts Stage server and Monoclip

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Germany - Austria’s AV Stumpfl returns to Frankfurt with a broad line-up of high-performance media server products and projection screens for the live entertainment space. The AV Stumpfl philosophy applied to each product is built around enabling faster set up time, lower maintenance requirements, portability and a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), the company says.
New to Prolight+sound will be the fully upgraded Wings Engine Stage media server. Technical director Fred Neulinger describes the new server, "The original Wings Engine Stage was already very robust and built from stainless steel. For the new Wings Engine Stage, we created an improved system architecture that is even more shock absorbent and is truly fantastic for all rental and staging environments.
“It has a more powerful processor and new display port outputs, in addition to framelock and genlock inputs. Prolight+Sound visitors will love seeing this new media server inaction."
The flagship Wings Engine Raw 8K server will also be shown. Currently it is the world’s most powerful media server of its kind for uncompressed content playback, delivering four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 4K content at 60hz. Multiple automotive brands usedWings Engine Raw 8K technology to launch their next-generation innovations in uncompromising quality at the recent 87th Geneva Motor Show.


DiGiCo At Large with Jack Whitehall

Monday, 27 March 2017

UK - Rental company Adlib continues its work with top comedians, having just supplied full production – sound, lighting and video – for Jack Whitehall’s sold out, three week At Large UK arena tour. The Liverpool based company previously supplied production for his ground-breaking 2014 arena tour, which was staged in the round.
Having appropriate production in the right proportions and places is a key to delivering comedy on a large scale. It is about presenting this very intimate and personal style of entertainment and communication in a way that ensures audiences in larger venues enjoy all the same essential experiences as a one-to-one scenario.
Steve ‘Patto’ Pattison mixed front-of-house, working with a strong team from Adlib including monitor engineer / sound crew chief Marc Peers and systems tech Tony Szabo, who was responsible for the precision and detail required to ensure that every seat in the house had crisp, clear and audible speech.
Patto’s console of choice was a DiGiCo S31 - a first time out with this particular product for both him and Tony - while Marc used an S21 for monitors. As only eight channels were being used, the tiny footprints of the consoles were an ideal mix of quality and size for the application.
The stage box was a DiGiCo SD-Rack This was connected via BNC coax cable from FOH to stage and run at 48K for fu


PL+S: PRG XL Video plans significant presence

Monday, 27 March 2017

Germany - PRG XL Video will once again have a significant presence at this year's Prolight+Sound.
The action gets underway the evening before the show, with the presentation of the PRG XL sponsored Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), for which PRG is the overall technical service provider. The creative responsibility, as in previous years, will rest with Jerry Appelt and bright! As soon as the main Prolight+Sounds show opens, visitors to the Festhalle will be able to examine the stage used, including all the installations and effects, and attend regularly scheduled demo shows. This year, the music for the demo show was composed by the band FOXOS, who will also be performing live in the Festhalle.
One of the dominant themes of this year's event will be 360-degree streaming. Not only will the LEA gala be broadcast for the first time as a Full HD live stream over the Internet; using the right devices, it will also be possible to follow it as a 360-degree event. At the location itself, a 360°/3D virtual reality signal will be available. The equipment required for the VR moving images - including a Nokia Ozo 3D/360° camera - will be provided by the industry leading VR and media technology specialists, PRG Lab.
The 1,400 guests in the hall for the awards will have much to look forward to: in addition to the award winners in 15 event categories, the performance


PVP panels add flexibility to CRUSH Dallas stage

Friday, 24 March 2017

USA - Versatility is a key ingredient in any lighting rig that Creative Production & Design builds for a multi-artist show. This was especially evident recently when the Austin, Texas-based company created a lighting and video show for CRUSH Dallas 2017, part of a four-city Insomniac production. Their immersive, high octane rig engaged the packed house at the South Side Ballroom, while also supporting the diverse musical styles of artists on stage, thanks in part to a massive collection of PVP X6IP LED video panels from Chauvet Professional.
“My business partner Justin Jenkins and I always try to make our show designs flexible and well rounded,” said Dan Wyatt of Creative Production & Design (CPD), who served as the production manager and designer on the project. “This event was no different. Not only did we have DJs like Yellow Claw that just need a table full of CDJs and a front video wall, we also had artists like Keys N Krates that perform with keyboards, drum kits, and more on a separate riser setup. We put everything on rolling risers and casters so it could be moved around to accommodate what each artist needed to make the best fan experience.”
At the centre of the rig and providing a consistent, but always changing, visual element was a massive PVP X6IP video wall set behind a 21' tall by 24' wide heart-shaped truss structure. “Our l


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